Venezuelans wait for a free lunch at a migrant shelter on the outskirts of Cúcuta, on the Colombian-Venezuelan border. Photograph: Edgard Garrido/Reuters

Pope Francis has reportedly rejected a request from Venezuela’s president Nicolás Maduro to mediate in the stand-off with his political opponents, say(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron and his wife first lady Brigitte Macron with Grand Sheik Ahmed al-Tayeb in Cairo. Photograph: Amr Nabil/Reuters

Emmanuel Macron lunched with Egyptian human rights defenders in Cairo on Tuesday at the end of a three-day visit marked by a significant shift in Fran(...)

Spanish prime minister, Pedro Sanchez, delivers a statement at Moncloa Presidential Palace in Madrid, Spain, January 26th. Photograph: Victor Lerena/EPA

The European Union stepped up pressure on Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro, signaling it will recognise opposition leader Juan Guaido if elections (...)

François Fillon was expected to win the top office until it was revealed his wife had received some €600,000 for a fake job. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

The French national financial prosecutor has recommended that former conservative presidential candidate François Fillon and his wife, Penelope, be pr(...)

A man with a skateboard passes by a mural by street artist PBOY depicting yellow vest protesters inspired by the ‘La Liberte guidant le Peuple’ painting in Paris on January 8th Photograph: Philippe Lopez/ AFP/Getty

“Death to the bourgeois state,” says graffiti left by gilets jaunes rioters next to a friend’s front door. My apartment looks on to the government min(...)

A couple performs a symbolic marriage with US Reverend Roger LaRade, during a gay parade in Havana. Photograph: Adalberto Roque/AFP

The commission in charge of writing communist-run Cuba’s new constitution has revised an original draft to remove the concept of marriage altogether a(...)

The shattered  window of Starbucks at Gare St Lazare in Paris, following a fourth week of protests against rising fuel prices.  The police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse “yellow vest” activists. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty

Thousands of yellow vests gravitated towards the Champs-Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe on Saturday morning, with much of the city quiet as a ghost to(...)

A firefighter extinguishes a burning car during the yellow vests’ demonstration near the Arc de Triomphe today. Photograph: Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Several police vehicles were parked on the corner below my apartment building. Cops checked identity papers of pedestrians in my neighbourhood, where (...)

A masked yellow vest  protester on a scooter near The Arc de Triomphe on the Champs Élysées in Paris on Saturday evening. Photograph: Bertrand Guay/AFP/Getty Images

Shouts of “Macron resign!” and “Macron get lost!” punctuated the booms from tear gas and water cannons on the Champs-Élysées on Saturday, as French po(...)

Ségolène Royal is a veteran of 30 years in French politics. She was the first woman in France to make it to the runoff in a presidential election. Photograph: Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images

If there were a prize for sheer dogged indestructibility in French politics, Ségolène Royal would surely win it. The first woman to make it to the ru(...)

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